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Information provided by Carol Lee Mattocks

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Source: [Carol Lee Mattocks], information provided by Carol Lee Mattocks, 27 April 2002.

Chauncey Leon Mattocks had his application in with the Kansas City, Missouri, police department and the U.S. Postal Service. He returned to Kansas City when he was hired by the Postal Service. The police department didn’t get its funding, so it did no hiring.

Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998

15 June 2009 2 comments

Source: Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998.

Dear daughter:

We enjoyed your ‘phone call, and all the news you shared with us.  I answered your first e-mail promptly, but it seems it never arrived on your screen. I hope we have better luck this time.  I told you on the telephone that I had an e-mail address for Jo Ann SPORE, who shares our interest in the WEARS surname. Her e-mail address is:

[…]

Some time ago she shared with us this data extracted from – 1850 census of Mason Co. VA.; page 376, dwelling 212:

George WEARS 52 VA
Martha ” 49 VA
James ” 25 VA
Lucretia ” 18 VA
George ” 15 VA
William ” 13 VA
Jane A. ” 10 VA

And then I compare this with the household listed on page 778 in dwelling 18, of the 1860 census of Springfield Township, Henry County, MO:

James WEARS 35 M VA
Elizabeth ” 27 F NC
George W. ” 1 M MO
Richard B. ” 4/12 M MO
Martha ” 57 F VA
William ” 21 M VA
Jane A. ” 19 F VA
John T. ” 20 M VA

In a perfect world everyone would age exactly 10 years between the 1850 census and the 1860 census. But we are all too sophisticated to believe such perfection.

George who was 52 in 1850 has disappeared; maybe dead, maybe gone to the California gold fields as so many men had done in 1850.

Martha aged from 49 to 57.

James aged from 25 to 35, got himself a wife and children. A James WIER married Elizabeth JONES 20 Sep 1857 in Henry Co. MO. The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 35 and 36 of Township 42 N Range 25 W, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to James WEAR.

Lucretia WEIR married Richard JONES 20 Dec 1851 in Henry Co. MO. She appears on the 1870 census of Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO at age 35, with her husband and a child, and living in their household is Martha A. WEARS, born VA, now age 70, having aged from 49 in 1850.

George W. WEARS married Martha A. EMERY 25 Feb 18?? in Henry Co. MO (the year of this marriage in the printed record is reproduced as 1838, but this is an obvious error. I am guessing that the correct year is 1858). The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 11 and 12 of Township 41 N Range 25 West, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to George W. WEARS.

William has aged from 13 to 21 in the 1850-1860 interval. Jane A. has aged from age 10 to age 20. And John T. WEARS has mysteriously appeared in the 1860 household at age 20.

If we assume that the subject household removed from Mason Co. VA after the 1850 census to Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO and before the 1860 census as a family group, we know that the arrival in Henry Co. MO was previous to 20 Dec 1851. That was the date when Lucretia was married in Henry Co.

Now it comes to my attention that there was a William D. WEAR in Henry Co. MO before 1850. He appears to have been a Minister, performing marriages there. For example, I see a marriage performed by him in 1836. A Rev. David WEIR also performed many early marriages in Henry Co.

There is a tradition that our John Thomas WEARS had said that he was born in Craig County, Virginia. At the time he was born, Craig County did not yet exist. So we assume that he meant to say that he was born in what was at that time the neighborhood of Botetourt County, Virginia, which was later set aside to Craig County. The unexpected appearance of a 20 year old John T. RULE [sic] on the 1860 census of Henry Co. MO, in a household where he did not appear to belong, has exercised our interest in this household listed on page 52, dwelling 189, of the 1850 census of Botetourt Co. VA:

James HUFFMAN 30 M Virginia
Harriet ” 31 F ”
Jane ” 10 F ”
Fleming B. CALDWELL 7 M ”
Mary ” 4 F ”
Eliza WIERS 30 F ”
John ” 13 M ”
Harriet CAY 25 F ”
John ” 9 M ”

There is an obvious shortage of young fathers in this household, and again I consider the possible attraction of the California gold rush.

In the records of Botetourt County, Virginia I find that a James HUFFMAN married Harriet CALDWELL 4 December 1839. This appears to identify James and Harriet HUFFMAN and their supposed daughter, Jane, in the listed household.

Let me know if you receive this so I will know we are in communication.

Auf Wiedersehen

Chauncey Leon Mattocks to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 20 November 1996

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Source: Chauncey Leon Mattocks to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 20 November 1996.

11-20-96
OCEAN PARK

Dear Gregg.

Since you̓re so hard to reach and I have such a hard time talking much on the phone, you̓re going to have to try “de-cyphering” my scribbling. Anyway. I kind of miss you, son and feel the need to “lay on you” a bit. I think that we came down her last Thursday and will return next Mon. 11-25. I have two doctor̓s appointments on Tues. and receive my second Chemo treatment Weds. I̓ll undoubtedly be pretty “puny” on Thanksgiving day.  (Probably most of the week.) Of course, my first doctor̓s appointment is with Dr. GESCHKE (sp?). My second is with a new doctor (to me.) He̓s a pulmonary specialist. hopefully he can make it a bit easier for me to breathe.  Actually, we were hoping that he would prescribe some “emergency” oxygen for me. Also I may check into applying for total dissability. This would increase our monthly income by nearly $200–. Also we̓re involved in a big Class action suit against Prudential Ins. Co., but I̓m not going to hold my breath on that one.

Mark just started trapping when the flooding hit, but he did manage to catch one raccoon and one beaver already. I think that was pretty good for a novice. Probably worth close to $5000. Maybe he̓ll be able to supplement his income pretty well there, after all.

Haven̓t talked to Ken for quite some time. Hope you have. Anyway, Frank and Dottie are having their regular Thanksgiving dinner and you and all of us are invited. Of course, Mum & I will be unable to attend and I wouldn̓t be too sure but what Mark just might have to work the day. I don̓t think that he knows yet. Anyway, I just wrote Frank & Dottie a fairly lengthy letter of apology and appreciation on our part. Also finished a 5 page “monologue” to brother, Carl, so, as a result I̓m pretty well “written-out.” It̓s 10:00 P.M. and Mum̓s been in bed for 2 hrs. already. Nana & I have just about worn her out. I̓ve been having “mucho” trouble sleeping, so I may be finishing this later on tonight.  I have a prescribed sleeping pill, but it just doesn̓t seem to work. (About 1½ -2 hrs. is all.) I will see if he can prescribe me something stronger when I see him Tuesday. Well, Later.

1:40 A.M. – So much for el sleeping pill tonight. I̓m afraid to take another with all these other chemicals in me. I̓ll probably end up in the old recliner, where I̓ll doze on & off. It helps though. Actually, I̓m also drinking warm milk, so this letter may become postponed again. Sorry, but I do hope so. Actually those damned slpg. pills worked O.K. the very first night. I slept nearly 7 hrs. straight thru & I called the doctor & told them they were fine. Looking back, I figured I was just so worn out, that it didn̓t take very much. Also, perhaps I have built up an immunity to them?

Well. I think I may just try that old recliner & give this warm milk a chance to kick[?] it.

3:40 A.M. – Well, it did. Had me another nice little cat nap. That will have to do for awhile though, because I̓ve got the coffee brewing now. I̓ll probably sneak in another about mid-morning. That̓s about the time that Nana goes to exercise class. Yep, you heard that right! I mean like: Hup! Hup! Hup! Poke em out now girls. I sed Poke em out!! Oh well, gives her something to do and it might even do her a little good!

Now, for the “second joke” — I̓m going to try my hand at a little writing. I mean like books, man! Good one, huh? In explanation Gregg, I must tell you that just a few nights ago (just before I got the blessed slpg. pills) I was really down to finding a shell for the gun. I was interested in absolutely nothing. Then after a first night̓s rest in nearly 2 weeks (and probably, still somewhat doped up) I awoke with this revelation. I hadn̓t been so emotionally elated & excited in years! So, you see, I̓ve got to do it, even if nothing ever comes of it, just to maintain my sanity! Not that it carries much weight, but it was suggested back in my high school days that I should pursue a livelyhood in this field. Of course, I was also offered financial assistance in attending medical school to become a surgeon. Boy, there̓s just no way I could ever have done that!

At present, you are one of four people (including myself) that is aware of this and I desire to keep it this way for some time. at least, until I get somewhat of a handle on what I̓m doing, I don̓t want to be providing stupid answers to stupid questions. Ha! First of all I must tell you it will be something strongly unconventional. I have no desire to beat heads with the millions of literary geniuses that now exist. I just want to out-sell them. Ha! I definitely have some different ideas. One of them has got to work! I just hope that I have enough time left to pursue just the ideas I have already. Gregg, may I have your moral support and maybe even some of your respected advise?  You may become impatient with me, because none of my plans are even close to perfected yet. But, since I have very little to do otherwise; I shall be able to devote unending hours to it. I̓m sure there̓ll be unending “re-dos”!  I̓ve already started compiling some “just raw materials.” Out of this I will decide just what I want to use, in what order, etc. Like I say, this may not be a conventional reccommended way to start, but it̓s my way. When I was quite young, I saw an old “talkie” movie showing a flock of sheep following their leader over a suicide cliff. This reminds me of americans and is just not to my liking! Take care and please be in contact.

Love,
Dad.

P.S. Will try to call you when we get to town.

Ned A. Ochiltree, Jr., to Chauncey Leon Mattocks, letter, 1 October 1979

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Source: Ned A. Ochiltree, Jr., to Chauncey Leon Mattocks, letter, 1 October 1979.

GENERAL OFFICES, 5601 WEST 26TH STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60650/BISHOP 2-2000/SALES OFFICES AND PLANTS IN PRINCIPAL CITIES

THE CECO CORPORATION (FORMERLY CECO STEEL PRODUCTS CORPORATION)

NED A. OCHILTREE, JR.
CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER            October 1,1979

Dear Chauncey:

It is a pleasure for me to enclose our three emerald service emblem on the occasion of your twenty-fifth anniversary with Ceco.

You have made a real contribution to Ceco over the years, and all who know of your work speak most highly of your ability and the fine cooperation they receive from you.

As a spokesman for the company, I want you to know that your accomplishments and your loyalty to the company are greatly appreciated. Please accept my personal congratulations and best wishes.

Sincerely,

Ned A. OCHILTREE, Jr.

Ned A. OCHILTREE, Jr.

NAOJr/gt

Mr Chauncey L. MATTOCKS

The Ceco Corporation

Seattle, Washington

Elmer T. Gustafson to Chauncey Leon Mattocks, letter, 1 October 1974.

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Source: Elmer T. Gustafson to Chauncey Leon Mattocks, letter, 1 October 1974.

GENERAL OFFICES, 5601 WEST 26TH STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60650/BISHOP 2-2000/SALES OFFICES AND PLANTS IN PRINCIPAL CITIES

THE CECO CORPORATION (FORMERLY CECO STEEL PRODUCTS CORPORATION)

ELMER T. GUSTAFSON
CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER            October 1,1974

Dear Leon:

This month marks the twentieth anniversary of your service with the company. Your achievement entitles you to three rubies on your new gold service emblem, which you will find enclosed. Further, in accordance with our long established custom, you will receive your special twentieth year award, which is an engraved wrist watch.

We are proud of the men and women who have twenty years of service with Ceco. You, and other employees like you, are the company̓s greatest asset. I want you to know that your accomplishments and your loyalty to the company are greatly appreciated.

I extend to you my warmest congratulations and very best wishes for the future.

Sincerely,

Elmer T. GUSTAFSON

Elmer T. GUSTAFSON

Mr. Chauncey L. MATTOCKS

The Ceco Corporation

Denver, Colorado

Chauncey Leon Mattocks, resume, undated

29 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Chauncey Leon Mattocks, resume, undated.

INTRODUCING
CHAUNCEY “LEON” MATTOCKS
[…]
Gresham, Oregon 97030
Phone# […]

25+ YEARS EXPERIENCE
As    Carpenter
Foreman
Superintendent

Primary Field:

Commercial Concrete Formwork

(I.E.)

Mid & High Rise Buildings

Parking Structures

Water Treatment Facilities

Bridges

Plants, Mills, etc.

Secondary Field:

Small Industrial & Residential

(Rough & Finish)

Responsibilities:

All related field and yard operations in both “hands-on” and supervisory positions.

I am currently seeking employment in any of the above mentioned capacities.

I will be more than pleased to furnish further information and/or references upon your request.

Thank you,
Chauncey L. MATTOCKS

*

Introducing
CHAUNCEY L. MATTOCKS
desiring employment as: Carpenter, Foreman, Superintendent.

VITAL STATISTICS:

Date of birth: April 19, 1934
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Married
Sex: Male

Mr. Employer:

My work history seems to consist primarily, but not entirely, with the Ceco Corporation, 5601 West 26th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60650, (Home Office), Concrete Forming Division.  I first joined Ceco in 1954 at the Kansas City, Missouri district as a laborer.  I joined the carpenter’s union there (Local #6l) in 1963 and transferred to Ceco’s Denver, Colorado district in 1965.  I soon started supervising work there.  Of course, my first projects were rather small and insignificant, but two of my most notable were the Stapleton International Airport parking structure and the 28-story Prudential Plaza Office Building and parking garage.  Prudential was that district’s first “fast track” high-rise project and our first experience with “flying” forms.  In late November of 1975, I transferred to the Seattle district, P.O. Box 977, Renton, Washington 98055.  My first project here in the Northwest was a medical building in Roseburg, Oregon for Simpson Construction.  This was a simple one-way joist and soffit level beam structure, where we were responsible for the horizontal forming only.  My next project was a one-level, two-way joist building for Hewlett Packard in Corvallis, Oregon, Vic Construction, general contractor. The project had a very tight time schedule and we successfully completed it on time.

My next venture proved to be quite interesting, challenging, and memorable.  In July of 1976, I took one assistant and we set up a Ceco operation in Victoria, British Columbia.  Our principle project there was Provincial Office Building No. 2 for Farmer Construction of Victoria.  After training our replacements there and completing the Provincial Office Building, my assistant and I were sent back to Portland, Oregon in August of 1977.  There I became area foreman for the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and took charge of Ceco’s field operations.  I served in this position until August of 1981.  Some of our projects were the Tri-Met Administration Building and Bus Garages, the Columbia Square Building, the New Marriot Hotel, the Lloyd Center Parking Structure, Weyerhauser Paper Mill No. 2 (Longview, Washington), the First Federal Savings and Loan Building (Vancouver, Washington), and hospital additions at Good Samaritan, Dwyer, Tuality, St. Joseph’s (Tacoma), and St. Elizabeth’s (Yakima, Washington).  These were all poured in place concrete structures with both conventional reinforcing and post tensioning.  Ceco subcontracted from most of the major general contractors in this area, plus such out-of-area contractors as C.L. Peck, Guy F. Atkinson, H.B.E., Hensel Phelps. et cetera.

In August of 1981, I decided to move back to the Denver area.  I was only in charge of one project at a time there, but found it somewhat more challenging since many of their contracts were for “full-frame”.  This made us responsible not only for forming, but installing reinforcing, placing and finishing concrete, hoisting, et cetera.

However, in May of 1983, I was presented a much better offer by a newly arrived competitor, Steelform Contracting Company of San Leandro, California.  They had recently been awarded a contract for form work on a very large (over $350 million) project in downtown Denver and wanted me to oversee it.  Unfortunately, things did not go too smoothly and when the district manager, Marcus BRYANT, quit, I soon found it rather difficult to stay and opted to try running a job for a newly-formed non-union arm of Ceco called Formwork Services, Inc.  I ran their only job for five months.

Then, due to family matters and a love of the Northwest, when my wife was offered her old job back here in Gresham, we decided to move back out to be near our three sons.  I found work with Sun Roofing, (a division of the Coverite Company), 3004 East Burnside, (phone number […]).  Mike SATRAN is part owner and my
most immediate supervisor.  However, this work was only intended as a fill-in job until my sixty day restriction was fulfilled with Carpenter’s Local #247.  Now that it has been, I am seeking employment in the concrete forming field.  I believe I have worked with most horizontal (suspended) slab systems and several wall and column systems.  I have been involved in nearly every aspect of constructing buildings including systems analysis, material and equipment expiditing, scheduling, procurement of manpower, lay out, form design and inspection, safety, and cost analysis.

However, I also feel I am an efficient, conscientious, and dependable carpenter and would be perfectly happy in that position or any other that would be most complementary to your operation.  If there is the possibility that you might consider me for hire (either now or in the future), or if you wish any further information, please contact me at:

[…]
Gresham, Oregon 97030

or call (evenings and weekends only):

[…]

Thank you,
Chauncey L. MATTOCKS

P.S.

Since originally writing this resume, I have tried a partnership remodeling venture, spent a short time with Gervais Const. Co. building formwork for highway barriers, retaining walls, and transitions.  I also spent six months with Waco Scaffolding, Inc. where I supervised their concrete formwork operation.  However, due to many factors, this failed to last, so I find myself, once again, seeking employment in this area.  Your consideration will be most deeply appreciated!

Thanks again,

Carl K. Mattocks obituary

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Source: “[Carl K. Mattocks obituary],” at http://www.legacy.com, originally published in the Hartford Courant (5 March 2003), accessed 9 March 2003.

Carl K. Mattocks

Captain Carl K. Mattocks, 83, of Farmington, husband of the late Betty (Bryant) Mattocks, passed away Sunday (March 2, 2003).  Born in Parr, IN, Nov. 29, 1919, son of the late Beverly and Gladys (Danner) Mattocks, he resided in Farmington for many years. Carl enlisted in the regular Army in 1939, as a private first class and was sent to Iceland where he was promoted to Sergeant and returned to Ft. Benning, GA to Officer̓s Candidate School.  In 1944, he was sent to the European Theatre of Operations where he served with the headquarters company of the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion.  While there he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. For Carl the battle ended on Jan. 25, 1945, in St. Vith Belgium, where he was wounded in action and spent the next 16 months in Army hospitals. Before Carl completed his service to our country he would receive two additional Bronze Stars, a British Military Cross from the King of England, a Purple Heart and many other decorations. After leaving the service he was married in 1949, moved to Connecticut, where he started a business Jones-Mattocks General Contractors. He worked with the Army Corp of Engineers and several large construction companies across the state. His final position before retiring was Master Mechanic for the Stone and Webster Corp. at the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Niantic. He was a longtime member of Local 478 Operating Engineers in Hamden. He is a lifetime member of the Seventh Armored Division and a two term past president for that association. He is also a lifetime member of VFW Post 10361 of Farmington, Antique Veterans of America, American Legion, VBOB – Veterans Battle of the Bulge, Connecticut Chapter and Disabled American Veterans. Aside from all his veteran activities he enjoyed restoring antique autos, researching his family genealogy, volunteering at the soup kitchen and hanging out with his grandsons. “He never met a dog that never loved him.” The family would like to thank the devoted and caring staff at Haven Health Care with special thanks to Mickey his nurse who Carl said, “she̓s the best.” He is survived by a daughter, Ellen Mattocks of Unionville, a daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Gary Olson of Bristol, a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Richard Higley, Sr. of Farmington; three grandsons, Garrett Olson, Richard Higley, Zachary Higley; his dog and faithful companion, “Lucky” and his three grand dogs, Samantha, Candie and Corey. He leaves behind a nephew, Henry Bryant, Jr. of Farmington, who is like a son to him and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Carl was the oldest of six and was predeceased by all of his siblings, Earl, Donald, Mary, Pat and Leon, along with his parents and his loving wife of 52 years, Betty. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville on Thurs., March 6, 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, 1 p.m. in The Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, with the Rev. Ned W. Edwards, Jr. officiating.  Burial with full Military Honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to World War II Veterans Memorial Fund, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 501, Arlington, VA 22201.

Published in the Hartford Courant on 3/5/ 2003.